Pepper and bean flan

Pepper and bean flan

Just out of the oven

This recipe is taken from the book A Vegan Taste of Central America by Linda Majzlik.  I only made a slight change (she used walnuts on the top instead of cashew nuts), but either way, this is a yummy tarte.  Serves 4.

Ingredients — base

  • 3 oz / 75 g cornmeal
  • 3oz / 75 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 oz / 50 g vegan margarine (Vitalite in my case)
  • a little cold water

Ingredients — filling

  • 8 oz / 225 g mixed peppers, chopped
  • 6 oz / 175 g cooked mixed beans (I used a can from Morrisons)
  • 6 oz / 175 g tomatoes, skinned and chopped (I used half a can of chopped tomatoes)
  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 dsp tomato purée
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • black pepper
  • chopped cashews (recipe originally called for walnuts)
  • grated vegan ‘cheese’ (Cheezly) (optional, I didn’t use this)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 °C / 350 °F / Gas Mark 4.
  2. Sieve the cornmeal, flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl and rub in the marg.
  3. Add a little water, just enough to bind the mixture, then knead the dough on a floured board.
  4. Roll out and place in a greased 8 inch / 20 cm diameter deep tin, the kind with a removable base if possible (I only had a silicone one but it worked).  Prick the base with a fork all over, the blind bake (with grease-proof paper/foil and dry raw beans/lentils/rice) for 10 minutes.
  5. Use a large pan to heat the oil then fry the onions, peppers, chilli and garlic for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add the tomatoes, beans, tomato purée and spices; simmer for 5 minutes and stir frequently.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the pastry base and bake for a further 25 minutes.
  7. Carefully remove the flan from the tin and sprinkle on the chopped nuts and grated ‘cheese’ if you have it.  Serve with salad and sliced steamed potatoes or similar.
Pepper and bean flan served

Served with steamed potato, seaweed and mixed leaves


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